N.C. Councilman Tenders His Resignation in Klingon

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Jan. 3 2014 1:29 PM

N.C. Councilman Tenders His Resignation in Klingon

A participant dressed as a 'Klingon' warrior from the cult TV series Star Trek poses for a photograph during the 'Fedcon XVII' Sci-Fi and Star Trek convention in Bonn, on April 18, 2008

File photo by Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images

David Waddell, a conservative concilman of a town in suburban Charlotte, plans to resign from his post this month over his frustration with what he sees as runaway development in his town. But Waddell has the attention of the Internet today not because of why he plans to resign but how—namely, in a short letter written to the town's mayor in Klingon. Seriously (or however you say "seriously" in a fictional made-for-TV language).

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The Charlotte Observer has a photo of the letter to prove it, complete with the characters of what CNET (which I suspect has a much better handle on all things Star Trek than I do) tells us is the "beautiful, pointy-looking written Klingon language of Kronos." For the rest of us, there's the English-language translation that Waddell included in his official-if-not-necessarily-formal letter:

Teach (the) city (the) constitution
I will return next time to (witness) victory.
Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January.
Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.
            David Waddell

Waddell told the Observer that his Star Trek-themed resignation was something of an inside joke. "Folks don’t know what to think of me half the time," he said, adding that he "might as well have one last laugh" at the expense of the other board members on the Indian Trail council. But as you might expect, the mayor didn't finding the whole thing very funny. "It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina," Mayor Michael Alvarez said.

Waddell, who is also a plumber, was about halfway through his four-year term. He says his time will be better spent coming to board meetings as a citizen to speak out on his pet issues (I assume in English). He also plans to spend more time on his write-in bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

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